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Sub-surface MSV Explorer & SP02 Cat Underwater Pods

June 09, 2011

GRP Laminates announces the launch of a phenomenal new concept for the marine leisure and commercial market: the MSV Explorer sub-surface viewing craft and its versatile support catamaran. GRP Laminates is now building a revolutionary new self-propelled, sub-surface viewing pod – the MSV Explorer, together with a 13-metre lifting catamaran for launch and recovery. The MSV Explorer sits 1.2m underwater, below the ocean surface.

This unique new system, designed by British inventor Chris Garner, adds a new dimension to the world of marine leisure and soft adventure. No specialist dive training is required to use the MSV Explorer, which offers a clear, unobstructed and comfortable view of the undersea environment. It can be rapidly deployed thanks to the SP02 catamaran, which offers long range, shallow draft, high speed and comfortable seating for 12 passengers plus crew, with space for additional scientific, broadcast or leisure equipment on board.

Ideal for hotels and resorts, superyacht charters, commercial surveying, marine research, film and broadcast production.

sub-surface MSV underwater explorer

The sub-surface MSV underwater explorer

A quiet and non-intrusive vessel, electrically propelled to reduce its impact on marine ecosystems, the highly maneuverable MSV Explorer can be easily controlled by single or dual joystick, or remotely controlled from the launch and recovery catamaran. It has an all-day operating capacity (7.5 hours operation at full speed) allowing for a full working day underwater, and a truly unique experience for users.

The unique lifting system on the SP02 catamaran (which is also available separately) was originally designed to help with the rescue of stranded marine mammals. The vessel provides a safe and stable platform for the deployment of the MSV Explorer in any location. A choice of inboard/outboard and jet propulsion packages is available to suit the client’s requirements for speed, cost, maneuverability and range.

MSV Explorer represents an innovative new form of water transport enabling the public to enjoy the undersea world without the need for any training or the inconvenience of scuba gear, getting wet or taking risks. Just push the joy-stick and go, then enjoy to your hearts content.
MSV Explorer mk.II

MSV Explorers Mk I and II are small electrically powered, joy stick controlled, 3 and 4 seat, dry cockpit, surface water craft, purpose designed to provide time unlimited, unobstructed, sub surface 360 degree passive observation of marine life or shallow reef during night or day.

The MSV Explorers also provide commercial applications for filming and sub surface inspection of floating structures and vessels for Survey and Security purposes.

Although the MSV-Explorers look like mini subs, they are in fact surface water craft, designed to place two observers in an acrylic cockpit at a constant 1.2 m below the surface of the ocean, providing a complete panoramic sub surface view of the marine environment without the need for scuba gear or any form of specialist training. Simply push the joystick and go in any direction, with a 360 degree, turn on its own axis capability.

73m Expedition Motor Yacht PEGASO Video

April 08, 2011

Motor yacht PEGASO, is a 73.60m (241.47ft) private research expedition yacht, built and launched at the shipyard P. Freire de Vigo Galicia Spain in 2010 and will be delivered in 2011. The superyacht PEGASO features naval architecture by BMT Nigel Gee and Associates, exterior Design by H2 Yacht Design (UK) and interior design work from Mark Berryman. This extraordinary vessel looks more like a glamorous superyacht than a rugged expedition vessel however her unique design manages to incorporate both aspects to become the World’s largest private luxury research expedition motor macht. M/Y PEGASO can be seen in the following photos and video, captured last week in the water close to the Freire Shipyard in Vigo, Spain.

The oceanographic luxury yacht PEGASO is an expedition or explorer style yacht that boast some impressive features such as a 9m submarine with the capacity for six people to dive up to 165m deep. The oceanographic research submarine was built custom at an Italian Shipyard in Trieste and is housed in a 150 m square hangar on the yacht. The sub is powered by electric propulsion and can reach a surface speed of 8kts and can submerge at a speed of 6kts.The Pegaso yacht also has a huge 10,000 nautical mile range which would allow her to cruise from Spain the Australia and back without re fuelling.

Marine research motor yacht PEGASO features a steel hull with an aluminium superstructure and was built to comply to MCA and Lloyds Register standards. She can reach a maximum speed of 18 knots with a cruising speed of 14knots.  The huge 73 m vessel has a beam of 13.20m (43.31ft) and a 3.8m (12.47ft) draft providing her with a huge volume.

Yacht PEGASO offers accommodation for up to 12 guests in 6 suites and in addition she can carry up to 27 crew onboard as well as oceanographic and marine biologist scientists.

The 73m explorer yacht will has a huge private 120 sqm upper deck dedicated to the owners. The ships’ crew and scientists are accommodated in a 328 square meter area plus there are large areas designed as places dedicated for scientific equipment and a separate laboratory.

The outstanding luxury Superyacht PEGASO will be present at the 2011 Monaco Yacht Show (MYS) – 21-24th September 2011.

Contact the CharterWorld team for information regarding chartering a Luxury expedition charter boat.

Largest Moonen extends to 42m – The Moonen 137 motor yacht

March 28, 2011

Moonen Shipyards in the Netherlands has announced that its largest project to date, which was originally slated to be a Moonen 133 (133 feet in length), has been extended by a further four feet to become a Moonen 137. The fully customised 42 metre Moonen will now carry a submarine that is capable of seating three passengers instead of the originally specified two.

The superstructure of the 42 metre Moonen 137

The superstructure of the 42 metre Moonen 137

With its increased length, this custom-built 137ft yacht from Moonen Shipyards will make history by being the first luxury motoryacht in this size range to carry a fully fledged submarine for three people. With the option to reach a depth of 100 metres, the submarine will be secured on the swim platform and will be launched and recovered by an integrated crane, which also serves as a docking bay for the tenders. Once the vessel is in the water the enormous platform opens up to offer a world of watersports entertainment.

Construction of the  Moonen 137 motor yacht hull

Construction of the Moonen 137 motor yacht hull

Construction on both the hull and the superstructure of the Moonen 137 is proceeding apace, with a launch date slated for the autumn of 2012. The owner has chosen for an entertainment lighting system as part of a luxury home automation set-up. Moonen is also currently investigating various integrated solutions for climate control, air conditioning, heating and refrigeration installations.

Construction of the  Moonen 137 motor yacht hull.

Construction of the Moonen 137 motor yacht hull.

The owner of the Moonen 137 has also requested that the yacht be fitted exclusively with LED lights as part of a bright and open interior. Designed by Art-Line Interiors, the overall interior style will feature oak wood and Zabrano. Combining rugged adventurous looks with modern superyacht style and classic elements, the yacht is an elegant explorer with a low profile, superior sea handling and an exceptional range.

Complete with her own submarine, this custom-built Moonen 137 is scheduled for delivery in 2012.       

Largest Moonen extends to 42m – The Moonen 137 motor yacht

Largest Moonen extends to 42m – The Moonen 137 motor yacht

EGO: The Easy-to-Use Semi Submarine by Raonhaje

March 08, 2011

Raonhaje, a South Korean company has created a compact an Easy-to-Use compact Semi Submarine called EGO. Designed to operate with minimal training, the submersible is electric powered and is controlled by a foot accelerator pedal, a steering wheel and a switch for moving forwards and backwards. The EGO Semi Submarine would be a great addition to the list of watersport toys on any superyacht.

EGO The Easy-to-Use Semi Submarine by Raonhaje

EGO The Easy-to-Use Semi Submarine by Raonhaje

The EGO submersible is made up of two floating hulls that remain on the surface of the water and a cabin that sits below the waterline. The underwater compartment is entered via a trapdoor and ladder on the Submarine topside.

The EGO Semi Submarine by Raonhaje can reach a speed of around 5 knots powered by 12 8-volt marine batteries and can run for 6-10 hours on a single battery charge. In addition to being more ecologically sustainable, the electric design also enables the craft to bypass restrictions on entry into protected marine environments.

There is an LCD monitor in the cabin that is linked to a high resolution camera on top of the vessel, so passengers can see the view above the waterline.

The Easy-to-Use Semi Submarine EGO by Raonhaje

The Easy-to-Use Semi Submarine EGO by Raonhaje

The EGO’s windows are constructed of special acrylic materials widely used in aquariums which are able to withstand water pressure and enable light transmission for better visibility. The model is available in a range of colours, including French Rose, Lime Green and pink.

EGO The Semi Submarine by Raonhaje

EGO The Semi Submarine by Raonhaje

The two seater EGO, which made its debut at the Miami boat show in mid-February, will be available to buy from October 2011. Raonhaje are also currently working on a four-seater model.

Superyacht Moonen 133 to be called Sofia III.

June 29, 2010

Earlier this month CharterWorld brought you news regarding the Moonen 133 which is the largest super yacht Moonen Shipyards has ever endeavoured to create for a private client. We now know the Moonen 133 superyacht is expected to be christened Sofia III.

Superyacht Moonen 133 Sofia III - Moonen Yachts

The engineering work is already underway on the Moonen 133 at Moonen Shipyards which expected to be christened Sofia III. The owner who has commissioned the Superyacht Moonen 133 yacht has previously owned a Moonen 84 (motor yacht Sofia I) and a Moonen 97 (called motor yacht Sofia II).

The new Moonen 133 superyacht will feature styling by René van der Velden and interior design by  Art-Line Interiors.

The Moonen 133 will have some unique differences compared to other superyachts her size. First, she will carry a submarine and will be the smallest yacht to do so. The two-person sub, from U-Boat Worx, will be stowed on the swim platform and launched via hydraulics; the platform will lower into the water, like a ramp. The Submarine will be able to dive up to 100m.

Luxury motoryacht Sofia III will feature a luxury owner’s suite, plus 4 guest’s staterooms below deck for a total of 5 cabins which is more than usual.  It will also feature a gymnasium that can be modified into an extra guest cabin if required. The Superyacht Moonen 133 Sofia III will be able accommodate around twelve guests if utilising the gymnasium. The bridge deck will feature an alfresco dining area with open air design which is generally found only in larger yachts and becoming increasingly popular with many different clients.

The new Moonen 133 luxury superyacht plans to make her public debut at the 2012 Monaco Yacht Show.

The U-010 Underwater Luxury Yacht Design Concept.

June 16, 2010

The luxurious U-010 Underwater Yacht concept is an extraordinary vessel able to operate like a Superyacht and a submarine to explore the width and the depths of the ocean in style. With an overall length of 220 feet (67 meters), the U-010 vessel was designed for deep sea exploration combined with comfort and luxury. The yacht can travel on the surface as well as underwater by cleverly passing from diesel to electric propulsion.

The U-010 Underwater Luxury Yacht Design Concept

The U-010 Underwater Luxury Yacht Design Concept Deck

 

The U-010 Underwater Luxury Yacht Design Concept Profile

The U-010 motoryacht is equipped with an integrated stabilisation system to ensure cruising above or below water is as comfortable as possible even under the worst conditions. The underwater superyacht features a contemporary exterior design and an ultra-modern interior.

The U-010 Underwater Luxury Yacht Design Concept interior

The U-010 Underwater Luxury Yacht Design Concept Salon

 

The U-010 Underwater Luxury Yacht Design Concept Underwater Views

The U-010 Underwater Luxury Yacht Design Concept

Whether it’s luxurious trips on the surface or exciting adventures under the sea, one thing’s for sure that U-010 will give new meaning to seagoing.

Explorer Superyacht Star Fish 50m by Aquos Series & McMullen & Wing ordered.

April 07, 2010
yacht starfish

yacht starfish

Due for launch in 2012, superyacht Star Fish builds on the vision and philosophy so clearly demonstrated by the success of explorer yacht Big Fish. Motor yacht Star Fish will continue to expand the boundaries of the yachting experience, creating new yachts for a new age.

Expedition Yacht StarFish, which will be built based on the same Greg Marshall-designed hull plans as her sister ship, is expected to launch in late 2011. A variation of the Aquos Yachts concept for serious – but still luxurious – ocean-going yachts, she will use her extended length to provide additional load-carrying capacity, such as a seaplane or a submarine, and to provide an additional, sixth, stateroom.

Accommodation

• Tri-deck Passagemaker with full width owner’s stateroom located aft on the bridge deck.
Salon, Dining & Galley on main deck. 1 x VIP Guest stateroom on the main deck forward.
4 x Guest staterooms located on the Hull Deck with capability to convert to 2 x VIP full width staterooms.
Accommodation for 9 crew.

Exterior Features

• Extra-large swim platform aft.
Fold-down bulwarks amidships, allowing un-impeded views from inside.
Much of the deck area is covered with infused stone.

Interior Features

• Extra-large ‘floor-to-ceiling’ windows to “bring the outside in”.
LED lighting for reduced power consumption.
Full height atrium stairwell provides access from the lower hull deck all the way to the flybridge.

Built at McMullen & Wing in Auckland, NZ, explorer superyacht StarFish will benefit both from the renown quality of the award-winning shipyard, as well as from the low cost of the Kiwi dollar versus Euros and US currency. “We believe we offer the best of both worlds,” said, David Porter, who with his brother Terry own and run McMullen & Wing. “We offer the experience and quality of the best European and North American yacht builders at a fraction of their cost.”

Explorer Yacht STAR FISH

Specification of Superyacht STAR FISH:

Naval Architect Gregory C. Marshall Naval Architects
Builder McMullen & Wing Ltd
Construction Steel hull, aluminum superstructure
Length Overall (LOA) 49.95m (163′ 8″)
Beam 9.30m (30′ 6″)
GRT 498 tons Mega Yacht
Range 9200nm @ 8 knots
Classification Germanischer Lloyd
Main Engines Caterpillar 3508B DI-TA, 1050hp@1600rpm
Fuel tankage 98,600 litres
Stabilization Quantum Zero Speed Stabilizers
Safety & Security Night Navigator 3 system
Tender 21′ custom M&W tender
Accommodation 6 staterooms

Porter is excited at the prospect of building Motor Yacht Star Fish, which will be a rarity in yacht design and construction – a large, ocean-going, full-displacement yacht under the critical 500 gross registered tons threshold, exempting the vessel from international rules governing construction of commercial vessels such as cruise liners. “We worked very closely with Germanischer Lloyds to create the safest vessel possible under the existing rules,” Porter said.

Auckland, NZ – Steel has been ordered to start construction of a second luxury long-range cruising vessel by Aquos Yachts, which is expecting to take delivery of its first yacht, 45M Big Fish, in March at McMullen & Wing.

“We believe firmly and confidently that there is an expanding market for a new kind of yacht, one that is built to deliver safe, purposeful and comfortable all-oceans cruising rather than ego-based ostentatiousness,” said Jim Gilbert, who is heading up Aquos Yachts’ marketing effort. Gilbert, the founding editor and a former owner of ShowBoats International, said “It’s always struck me how little of the potential market for large yachts our industry has been able to penetrate. One reason for this is that we have virtually ignored that segment of the market that values the experiences a large yacht can give them more than the yacht itself. StarFish and Big Fish are an intentional effort to make owning a luxury yacht sensible, affordable and rational to a deep, untouched pool of potential owners who, truthfully, are put off by such things as expensive china, environmentally injurious teak decks, large crews, and fancy high-maintenance finishes.”

The Aquos Yachts team was assembled to streamline the process of building a large, complex vessel at a distance. The chairman of Aquos Yachts, a U.K. businessman who resides in Hong Kong, said, “When I set out to build Superyacht Big Fish I tried to put together the best team in the industry, people who shared my vision, my passion for innovation and creativity, and who would protect my interests. I didn’t really want to be a hands-on owner in the process,” he added, “but as I moved forward I realized the strength and professionalism of the people around me, and knew the support they provided would be attractive to other owners, as well.”

David Darwent, Aquos Yachts’ project supervisor, has managed large, high-profile yacht projects around the world. “Our philosophy is to combine imaginative, owner-inspired innovations with tested and proven systems and design,” he said. “We invested heavily and worked tirelessly with Greg Marshal and his team to design a superb, efficient, full-volume hull incorporating time-honored systems. On top of this hull we are adding features never seen before in yachting, such as the first granite deck to replace traditional, expensive, high-maintenance teak, unique tender storage options, and a stadium-size video wall.”

A model of yacht Big Fish plus renderings, general arrangement plans and specifications for the StarFish yacht will be available at the McMullen & Wing booth in the New Zealand Pavilion at the Fort Lauderdale International Boats Show.

Auckland, New Zealand – Responding to considerable market interest in Big Fish, a unique 45M exploration/adventure yacht under construction at McMullen & Wing, the vessel’s Hong Kong-based owner has established Aquos Yachts to develop a line of similar high-volume, ecologically-focused world cruising vessels.

A second Aquos Yachts 45M steel hull, code-named Superyacht Star Fish, will be started shortly at McMullen & Wing, which has rights to build a range of steel-hull Aquos Yachts from 35M to 55M. Big Fish and its sister yachts were designed by Greg C. Marshall Naval Architects, Inc. of Victoria, BC. Aquos Yachts will provide complete project support for its clients, including contracting, financing, preliminary design, project management and supervision.

Expedition yacht Big Fish has captured world attention for its imaginative, innovative, and ecological features. These include the world’s first use of maintenance-free, ecologically responsible and virtually indestructible granite decking, opening hull platforms, large-volume bow storage for tenders and toys, extended cruising range, marine research instrumentation, exceptionally low fuel and electrical consumption, and extraordinary water access from a transformer-style swim platform. The yacht will also feature the world’s most sophisticated night navigation equipment from BC-based Current Corporation.

“I am committed to making the process of designing and building a yacht both enjoyable and transparent,” said Aquos Yachts’ chairman, a Hong Kong-based businessman from the UK. “I wanted a boat to explore far-off waters in relaxed comfort, complete safety and full security,” he said. “I was surprised by the profound enjoyment I derived from the creative process of developing my yacht. As a businessman I realized that between my substantial investment in design, engineering and my visionary team, that we had something new both in substance and in process to offer the yachting world.”

David Porter, co-owner of award-winning yacht builder McMullen & Wing with his brother, Terry, said his company is delighted with its relationship with Aquos Yachts. “Building Big Fish has been a great pleasure for us,” he said. “We have developed an exceptional reputation of building imaginative and innovative yachts to world-class standards,” he said, “and we believe we can add to this reputation by providing Aquos Yachts and its clients the same quality. We are honored to have been selected by Aquos Yachts to continue the remarkable program they have started and applaud their commitment to enhancing the pleasure of the construction process.”

A model of Big Fish will be on display at the Monaco Yacht Show and the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show at the McMullen & Wing booths. In addition, clients are welcome to see samples of the new granite decking on display from Stone Decking Systems.

Jim Gilbert, former editor-in-chief and president of ShowBoats International magazine, has agreed to join the Aquos Yacht team. “I became involved with the Big Fish project because her owner and I shared a very similar vision about the future of luxury yachting. My personal belief is that in focusing so heavily on sheer size and opulent glamour the industry has lost sight of the true mainstream of yachting, which has more to do with the quality of experience one can enjoy aboard a yacht, as apart from the more single-minded focus on the yacht itself.

“I have long wondered why so few people with the means to build or buy a large yacht do so. I think one answer is that the vast majority of potential yacht owners are more interested in the wonderful things they could do on a yacht than on the boat itself. Big Fish and future Aquos Yachts projects will showcase the extraordinary capacity large, well-conceived and exquisitely-built yachts to bring their owners and charter guests to the farthest, most fascinating places on earth without sacrificing any creature comfort or security.”

Luxury Explorer or expedition yachts like StarFish & Big Fish make wonderful charter yachts because they are especially designed for luxurious comfort in exotic out of the way locations, whilst offering a large range of peripheral water toys and yacht amenities. CharterWorld has a range of explorer yachts available for luxury yacht charters so please either select one from the website or contact us for more information.

Luxury 73m expedition Superyacht PEGASO launched by Freire Shipyard, Spain.

March 21, 2010

71m Expedition Superyacht PEGASO

Luxury superyacht PEGASO is a 73.1m 2010 advanced private research expedition yacht launched in Spain last week with  naval architecture by BMT Nigel Gee and Associates, exterior Design by H2 Yacht Design (UK) and interior design work from Mark Berryman.

The oceanographic luxury yacht is an expedition or explorer style yacht equipped with a submarine, a huge 10,000 nautical mile range along with many unique Superyacht features.

The 73m luxury Superyacht PEGASO was recently launched by the Freire Shipyard in Vigo, Spain, at a private ceremony with 150 guests.

PEGASO’s massive 10,000 NM range would enable her to cruise from Spain the Australia and back without re fuelling. The modern new expedition and research vessel PEGASO being is an explorer yacht and as such will be fitted with equipment including a 9 m long submarine with the capacity for six people to dive up to 165m deep. The oceanographic research submarine was built custom at an Italian Shipyard in Trieste and is housed in a 150 m square hangar on the yacht. The sub is powered by electric propulsion and can reach a surface speed of 8kts and can submerge at a speed of 6kts.

Marine research motor yacht PEGASO has a steel hull with an aluminium superstructure and was built to comply to MCA and Lloyds Register standards. She can attain speeds of 14 knots cruising with a top speed of 18 knots. M/Y PEGASO offers accommodation for up to 12 guests in 6 suites and in addition she can carry up to 27 crew onboard as well as oceanographic and marine biologist scientists.

The magnificent 73m expedition super yacht will have a private upper deck dedicated to the owners which covers 120 sq m. The huge 73 m vessel has a beam of 13.20m (43.31ft) and a 3.8m (12.47ft) draft providing her with a huge volume. The ships crew and scientists are accommodated in a 328 square meter area plus there are large areas designed as places dedicated for scientific equipment and a separate laboratory.

The owner of the luxury expedition vessel PEGASO is believed to be a well known Mexican Family who are extremely passionate about the sea understood to be behind ‘Grupo Pegaso’ which is a very a successful telecommunications business. The son of the yacht’s owner was also in attendance at the private launching ceremony.

This magnificent luxury Superyacht will easily stride straight into the world’s top 100 superyachts.

The image of PEGASO is courtesy of Mr Miguel Tarrago.

Contact the CharterWorld team for information regarding chartering a luxury expedition charter boat.